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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2007 VOL. 12 NO. 23 50 cents NEWS HEADLINES FALL HOME IMPROVEMENT - Now is the time to get your home ready for the cooler seasons. See special edition inside. PAINTING - The bidding has opened on a Howard Schroeder painting, donated to the Seaford Historical Society for its auction fund raiser. Page 2 DOGS ATTACK - Two people are bitten by dogs , who are finally stopped by police. Page 3 ROAD RAGE - Police are seeking help finding the suspect in a serious road rage incident, one of two this past week. Page 3 LICENSING - The City of Seaford explains its licensing need as opposition to the proposal organizes. Page 4 RETIREE - After a 33-year career in real estate, Herb Dayton is retiring. Page 5 VOLUNTEER - Her term of office as president of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Delaware Volunteer Fireman’s Association starts this month. Page 8 BLADES - After three decades of service, this town official opts for retirement. Page 9 MUSEUM PARTY - A few tickets are still available for the lavish party celebrating the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Seaford Museum. Page 14 CROSS COUNTRY - The Seaford varsity boys’ cross country team moved to 3-0 with a pair of wins last week. Page 41 OVERTIME - The Woodbridge and Laurel field hockey teams went into overtime in a varsity game last week. Page 42 STARS OF THE WEEK - A Seaford football player and a Seaford field hockey player are this week’s Stars. Page 43 INSIDE THE STAR BUSINESS BULLETIN BOARD CHURCH CLASSIFIEDS EDUCATION ENTERTAINMENT FRANK CALIO GENE BLEILE GOURMET HEALTH LETTERS LYNN PARKS 6 20 24 32-37 10 28 50 44 31 38-40 30 15 MOVIES OBITUARIES ON THE RECORD OPINION PAT MURPHY PEOPLE POLICE JOURNAL SNAPSHOTS SPORTS TIDES/WEATHER TODD CROFFORD TONY WINDSOR 7 26 17 54 23 16 18 52 41-49 55 25 54 AN AMERICAN HERO SAYS THANK YOU - LTC. Lee Merritt of Seaford is home from his fifth tour of duty in Iraq. Merritt is shown at a recent ceremony at Harley Davidson of Seaford presenting local businessmen and organizations with an American flag that flew over Suddam Hussan’s Al Faw palace in Baghdad and a certificate of appreciation for supplies, cards and letters that were sent to the 1,500 troops under his command. From left are: Doug Figgs, Seaford Kiwanis Club; James King, manager of Seaford Food Lion; Joe Tune, American Legion Post 6 Executive Committeeman; LTC. Lee Merritt; Robert Mulroy, Commander of VFW Post 4961; Spuck Bennett, owner of Harley Davidson of Seaford; and state Rep. Danny Short of Seaford. Photo by Gene Bleile Seaford updating comprehensive plan By Lynn R. Parks The city of Seaford Tuesday night held the first of what city manager Dolores Slatcher said will be a series of public hearings on its updated comprehensive plan. The state requires that the updated plan be completed by the end of February. The city’s last comprehensive plan was completed in 2003. The state requires that all municipalities and counties update their plans, which map out land use and growth patterns, every five years. Attending the hearing were several members of HAPPEN, the citizens group that last year successfully fought annexation of five parcels totaling nearly 600 acres near Hearn’s Pond. Erroll Mattox, who lives on Hearn’s Pond Road, read a statement from HAPPEN to the city council, underlying the importance of the comprehensive plan. “What kind of community do we want this to be?” he asked. “What kind of businesses do we want? How will we best attract them? How will we protect our land and our assets? How will we grow our tax base while keeping expenses under control?” All these questions, he said, are answered in a comprehensive plan. Mattox said that it is important for the city to protect open spaces and the environment. Neighborhoods should be within walking distance of shopping and recreation areas, he said, and the downtown should be revitalized. “We have to allow businesses to flourish without damaging our environment or our residential areas,” he said. Assistant city manager Charles Anderson told the council that the state has added four new topics that the comprehensive plan has to address: The plan has to include information about the city’s “total maximum daily loads” of damaging nutrients that it is putting into the Nanticoke River. It has to address how the city is dealing with the state’s Corridor Capacity Preservation Program, whose goal is to limit traffic on U.S. 13 with the development of a system of access roads. “We are ahead of a lot of other communities on that,” Anderson said. The plan has to address the state’s goal of preserving farmland. Current agriculture lands around the city have to be identified, Anderson said, so that developers know where they are and where buffers between them and residential areas will be required. The plan also has to address the state’s new Wellhead Protection Program, designed to protect land through which water seeps to recharge public wells. The city has held one public hearing on its program, required by the state to be complete by the first of the year. City manager Dolores Slatcher said Tuesday night that the city is waiting for the county’s plan to be complete to make sure that it and the city’s plan are compatible. Slatcher also said that in writing its comprehensive plan, the city will have to keep in mind the state’s proposal for a plan to allow transferred development rights, through which developers could purchase development rights from farmers and then use those rights to get higher housing densities than typically permitted. The plan would give farmers money to enable them to continue farming, and would allow developers to build more houses. Continued to page 4 Subscribe online:

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